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- Posted on Oct 14th 2009 4:45PM by Benjy Eisen
It works like this: fans submit their instructions for the direction of the jam (such as a color, adjective or even a concept like, for example, "stumbling home drunk") via their Umphrey's Mozes mobile interface. The band's soundman, Kevin Browning, sorts through them in real time and projects them onto a screen for the band to then interpret musically, mid-jam.
"The improvisational elements of our shows have always been one of our favorite parts about playing together, and we think the audience feels that way too," keyboardist Joel Cummins explains to Spinner. "That's the inspiration for the S2 series. It's also a great way for us to stay on top of our chops." It's gutsy, for sure, but also undeniably cool.
Umphrey's took the S2 for a test drive on October 3 in Milwaukee, Wis. in which fans directed the band to play music that sounded like the soundtrack to "a bus ride in Jamaica" and "drinking pina coladas in a hurricane," amongst other things. The next S2 show will take place Oct. 24 in Portland, Ore. with more dates to be announced shortly. While ticketed separately, the S2 experiments will happen before the band's regularly scheduled show at the same venues on the same nights. We would tell you that Umphrey's current tour runs through Dec. 31, but it's not really relevant -- when aren't they on tour?